Beads

A huge innovation in nymph fishing

Most fly fishermen agree that the use of bead head flies originated in Europe in the early 1980’s. Several innovative tyers added beads to the heads of their flies for extra flash and to give their nymphs extra weight to sink them deep in swift currents. These flies were so successful that word of their effectiveness spread like wildfire and within a very short time fly tyers world wide began modifying existing patterns and designing new ones utilizing beads.

Bead head flies became popular in the U.S. for many reasons:

  1. In heavily fished waters the extra weight of the bead head will sink a small fly deeper than it could have been fished previously. As a result, nymph fisherman started using smaller and smaller flies and began catching more fish than before.
  2. The added flash from the bead often attracts trout, especially those that have been stocked in public water.
  3. The extra weight of the bead reduces the need for split shot on the leader: thus it is easier to cast with fewer tangles.
  4. Many bead head flies are very simple in design so they are fast and inexpensive to tie.
  5. The advent of tungsten beads made it possible for fly fishers to sink even tiny flies down deep.

 

Lots of beads to choose from

As the demand for beads grew, manufacturers increased the sizes and colors available to the tyer. Wapsi beads are available in the following styles:

Tungsten Bomb Beadsare twice as heavy as brass and even heavier than lead. These are sold 10 per package.

Tungsten Bomb Beads

Tungsten Faceted Beadsare twice as heavy as brass and even heavier than lead. Unique facets create more flash. These are sold 10 per package.

Tungsten Faceted Beads

Cyclops Beadsare made of brass and are expertly polished and drilled especially to be used on flies. These are sold 24 per package.

Cyclops Beads

The new Painted Cyclops Beadsare expertly polished and drilled especially for use on flies. They are the same weight as regular cyclops eyes. The new colors give new options to creating lifelike flies. These are sold 24 per package.

Painted Cyclops Beads

Beads :

  • A must for every fly tyer
  • Add fish attracting flash to your fly
  • Large assortment of sizes, colors, and varieties to choose from